BIFF 2020
The Invisible War

The Invisible War

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War crimes begin at home.

The American people’s solidarity with their country’s soldiers is a well known fact, but solidarity is a meagre comfort for the many women who each year are raped while serving in the armed forces. Even in the wake of president Obama’s repeal of the infamous Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, sexual harassment and abuse continue to be a massive problem. THE INVISIBLE WAR recounts the testimonies of a number of women, whose stories indicate that deeply rooted attitudes will not be abolished by a simple change of policy.

KIRBY DICK is an Academy Award-nominated director best known for his documentaries about sexuality and related issues. DICK made his feature length debut with PRIVATE PRACTICES: THE STORY OF A SEX SURROGATE in 1986, and over a decade later, he was back with SICK: THE LIFE & DEATH OF BOB FLANAGAN, SUPERMASOCHIST (1997). He then followed up with CHAIN CAMERA (2001) and DERRIDA (2002), before making the Academy Award-nominated TWIST OF FAITH (2004), which told the story of a man who had been subjected to sexual abuse by a catholic priest during his childhood. 2006 saw the premiere of THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, which focused on the secretive process of the American ratings system. THE INVISIBLE WAR is his eight feature length documentary.